Union Labor Systematic Overload
5 Channel Video Installation // Dimensions Variable
Union Labor Systematic Overload is the culmination of a collaborative effort between Benjamin Rosenthal and Paul Taylor. Exploring areas of intersection between labor and futility, collaboration and competition, and performance and anxiety—the piece centers around the planning and construction of a useless water-delivery system. Performed spontaneously without prior scripting , the event collapses into an increasingly chaotic episode where collaboration becomes violent competition—utilitarian roles exchanged for sheer futile energy. Loosely based around actions in the performance (passing, planning, patching, construction, etc.), each channel experiences moments of building and decay. Performed and exhibited out of synchronization, relationships are established between the channels that are systematically overturned when juxtaposed against another channel.